Mixtape: Mixtape Messiah 4
411: King Koopa isn't going to stop with just three. Chamillionaire's Mixtape Messiah 4 will arrive on August 27.
"I think the other ones are so critically acclaimed by fans, I wanna keep that competiveness up with myself," he told us in Houston, where he was waiting to record a freestyle with Killer Mike. "They'll compare this one to the other Mixtape Messiahs. Mixtape Messiah 1 is probably my biggest one thus far. It came out of nowhere. At that time, I had the beef with Mike Jones, and it was a triple-disc CD. Nobody did that. It was real shock value. I'm gonna keep on competing with myself. I might not drop a triple disc; it's a double disc this time. But it's two CDs full of nothing but new material."
Koopa describes this CD as a return to full-throttle rawness with hard punch lines.
"Sometimes I say punch lines to myself and be like, 'This punch line is trying a little too hard,' " he said. "But I know my fans like that. So I'mma give it to them. A lot of fans that like me, like me because I used to take whoever's beat was hot and even beats that weren't hot, that were classic. Let's get it."
You'll be able to get a hard copy of this mixtape in the streets, unlike the last MM.
"I released a part three not too long ago," the Houston native said. "We did the digital [release]. A lot of people were hesitant to put out music a little while ago in the mixtape game. I seen a lot of DJs stop dropping mixtapes. I put mine out online for free. I think it says a lot, though, when you're taking the time to press it up and doing the actual CD. It needs to be physically in the street and hit them nooks and crannies. There's spots where the big artists don't go, but that's where I'm gonna go. We gonna start off slow and go with it."
But fans won't get too long to let this CD marinate, because Mixtape Messiah 5 is coming soon. Chamillionaire has been talking to a slew of DJs — from Drama to Cannon to Whoo Kid — about possibly collaborating with them on the next tape.
Then he'll drop his third album.
"I been working on it for a minute, since The Ultimate Victory," the Grammy winner revealed. "That's crazy, because a lot of my fans think I been on vacation."
Chamillionaire has over 30 records in the can for the still-untitled official project.
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"Roll Call Reloaded." "On a couple of the other Mixtape Messiah records, I did a roll call, and it's a fire drill of all the other rappers," he said. "I call it a fire drill because we run down a list of everybody that's hot, and I'm gonna exactly rap their styles just to be creative. I start off with Jeezy, then I do Jim Jones, I do Rich Boy, Game, Jay-Z. I do E-40, Lil Weezy, Rick Ross. I had to cut the record because I did a whole bunch of people. I took a B.G. beat and just repped that. This is just one thing to show creativity."
"Internet Nerd's Revenge." "The online thing is real big right now," Cham said. "Even though I'm dropping this in the streets ... I see rappers online, and it matters what's said online. You go to MTVNews.com and see what they saying on Mixtape Monday. Fans complain about everything. They complain about Weezy when he does right, when he do wrong. Same thing with Kanye and everybody. Me and my boys went to all these Web sites, and we took a whole list of everything everybody said bad about Chamillionaire. I did a rap like I'm the person sitting at the computer typing and saying bad stuff about Chamilllionaire. It's some little kid that's on the Internet. He's young; he's getting all this stuff he's saying about me. His mother comes in and asks him, 'Did you take your medication? Are you on those porno sites again?' I'm rapping like I'm him in his voice."
"Go Hard." "I heard this beat that the Clipse did," Chamillionaire told us. "I don't know what album it's on. I really mess with the Clipse too. I remember saying, 'Who did this beat?' It was just knocking. I told my DJ to send the instrumental and said, 'I'm about to rip this.' No purpose, just a whole bunch of punch lines, bringing a little aggressiveness to the mixtape. People might have seen me in my last video dressed like a white man, they might have got it twisted. We're bringing it back to the streets."
Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week
» DJ Fade and Grafh - Burn 'Em Down
» Hevehitta, Scarface and UGK - Southern Royalty
» Crooked I - The Block Obama
» DJ Smallz and Smoke - One Day at a Time
» DJ Woogie and DJ Outlaw - SSK Sh*t Vol. 1
» DJ Drama, Gucci Mane and Yo Gotti - Definition of a G
'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar
» (featuring ) - "My President"
» (featuring and ) - "I'll Be Lovin U Long Time" remix
» Wale and State Property - "Cyphr"
» D-Block - "Cocaine Music"
The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground
, in case you didn't know so. You know the tear that Manny Ramirez has been on since he was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the L.A. Dodgers? Well, Fabolous has been that times three. All of his guest appearances lately have been pristine. "I'm so NY, like the folks who make PlayStation," he raps on the "Hi Hater" remix. "Yeah, I'm back fresh off the hate-cation/ I let the hatas take a break/ Now I'mma let it out the bag like Jake the Snake."
What's the best verse out of his recent run of cameos that include work with , and ? "All of 'em," he said. "Anybody who knows me know I love to step out to the collabo world. Best verse? That's a hard one. I go in different lanes. I give it my all wherever I step up."
Last weekend Fab was in New York with . The two came down to Ryan Leslie's video shoot for "Addiction." Yeah, we know Ryan shot a video for the song a few weeks back, but hey, when you have a record that big, you're allowed to make two.
"We're cookin' now," Fab said, standing between Swizzy and Ryan. "You might be looking at two of the producers on that Loso's Way coming this Thanksgiving. We're letting the world know we're coming now."
Swizz Beatz had his own news to let out the bag on the video set: Look for him to run officially with "That Oprah," his ode to making cake.
"The record started off a freestyle, then the traction went real major," Mr. Beatz said, describing the cut that takes the soundscape from 's #1 song "Viva la Vida." "Being that I've got a relationship with Coldplay already — I've worked with them awhile back — I was like, 'I wanna turn it into a real record.' I took care of the legal side. I'm about to shoot a video to that. Plus, that's where I wanna be at musically anyway. The remix is gonna be crack."
Swizz's second album is due out in the coming months.
"As far as the new album, it's major," the super-producer added. "I don't know the title yet. It's showing a different side. We had the One Man Band that was a lot more hype, a lot more all over the place. This album we got Mary J. Blige on the album. John Legend did my intro. We're just exploring a whole other side of my movement." ...
There has been a sighting, ladies and gentlemen. A Lil' Flip sighting! Flip touched the town recently in Houston while the Ozone Awards were in his city. We actually chopped it up with him right after and DJ Khaled performed.
"I been grinding, getting my label situation right," Flip said, posted against the wall in a corridor of the performance venue, the Warehouse. "I told myself, 'I'mma go back to the old Flip,' doing a whole bunch of music with a bunch of independent cats. I feel a lot of people underrate me. Right? So, the other day, I did a freestyle like an hour long, an hour straight. Stay tuned. You gonna see my freestyle so I can get in that 'Guinness Book of World Records.' If somebody ties to beat that hour, I'mma hit them with two hours. I got 30 mixtapes coming out. They all got the title 'King': King of Texas, I'm The King of Houston. It's just gonna be a whole bunch of 'Kings.' I'm grinding and still doing my XM radio show."
With regard to his album's release date, the Cloverleaf King says forget leprechauns, he's trying to rub shoulders with Santa Claus.
"The next one is Ahead of My Time," he explained of his long-delayed official release. "That one's been done. Every time I drop an album, I wanna do a December release. Every time it gets pushed back, I never get to get none of the Christmas money. I'mma come in December with the real album.
"The album is already done, but I'mma keep recording," he continued. "Since the label dropped the ball, we're shooting a real video for the 'Fly Boy.' That's the name of my clothes, my group and all that. The first single is called 'Deep in the South.' It samples . It looks like that's the only way I'mma get a song with [him]."
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